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June 21, 2021
Texas Bluebonnet Bloom, Arizona/Utah Spring Trip Images (and More!) Posted
First things first--the Coyote Buttes/Death Valley winter trip didn't happen because the pandemic was at its crescendo in this part of the world at the time. Hopefully that trip will happen next year. But, as spring rolled around and the public health situation in the U.S. improved dramatically, I was able to a fair amount of photography. First was a brief (as in a couple of hours) stop at Mississippi River State Park in Arkansas in early April, followed by multiple forays to photograph the bluebonnet bloom in Texas, first in Washington County (about an hour northeast of Houston) and then, for a couple of days, near Ennis (Ellis County), half an hour or so south of Dallas. And finally, the big pay off: a trip to the desert Southwest--northern Arizona and southern Utah, specifically, at the tail end of April through the end of the first week of May, which involved photography at numerous different spots, most of them in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park. These were all car trips and, on the way out west, I had the opportunity to do some spontaneous photography, very briefly, in the Texas panhandle and northeast New Mexico as well.
The easiest way to check out all the new material is to check out the What's New gallery, though the images can also be found in various places in the Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Other Landscapes galleries as well. Please have a peek.
What's next on tap remains a bit up in the air at the moment. A return trip to Alaska, originally scheduled for late August of 2020, and postponed for obvious reasons, was rescheduled for late summer of this year (late August, early September). I remain hopeful--and increasingly optimistic--that it will happen, but that's not yet certain. As usual, stay tuned.
November 10, 2020
Upper Peninsula of Michigan Images Posted
In early October I spent about a week in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (plus part of one day in northern Wisconsin) photographing the fall color in one of the most underappreciated locations to do so in North America, if not the world. There are some people in the Upper Midwest who are in on the splendor of the UP, as the Upper Peninsula is known colloquially, but that represents the exception, not the rule. It was the sixth time since 2002 that I've spent a week in the UP in autumn and in many ways, it was the most challenging of the half-dozen experiences. I had already canceled plans to return to Alaska late this past summer due to the SARS CoV-2 pandemic and I had to think long and hard about whether it was possible to make this fall trip safely. I ultimately concluded, obviously, that it was, but this decision did not come easily. For more on the decision making process and other trip planning considerations, I direct you to a recent blog post on that subject.
The photography part of the trip went well; I spent much time covering familiar locations but visited new spots as well. Images from the trip can be found in the Michigan and Wisconsin galleries, as well as the What's New gallery. Please have a look.
Plans are in place for a trip to Coyote Buttes (both North and South) and Death Valley National Park in late January/early February, virus circumstances permitting. Stay tuned.
April 6, 2020
Big Bend National Park Images Posted
In early February, shortly before the impact of the novel coronavirus began to be felt in the continental United States, I made a relatively brief trip to Big Bend National Park in west Texas. I've wanted to visit Big Bend ever since I became aware of its existence more than 30 years ago, but due to its remoteness I never had the opportunity. But, with a base now established in the Houston area I made the approximately 10-hour one-way drive and spent a few days exploring and photographing the park. It didn't disappoint and I hope, at some point, to be able to visit again--hopefully in early spring, when the wildflower bloom is taking place. The park has a surprising variety of different ecosystems within its Chihuahuan Desert environ, and I had the opportunity to have a look at many of them, from the Chisos Mountain Basin to the Rio Grande Valley and its associated canyons to Dagger Flat and the Grapevine Hills area to the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.
The fruits of February's trip--my first photographic experience anywhere in Texas--are now visible in the newly created Texas Gallery, which presently houses 15 sub-galleries of categorized Big Bend images. The images are also presently accessible from the What's New Gallery portal.
That remains to be seen. With the coronavirus wreaking havoc throughout the world at the time of this writing, planing of future travel is on indefinite hold. Hopefully the picture will be clearer--and much safer--a few months down the road.
Note: A bit of website housekeeping required me to move all the "What's New" material prior to the year 2020 to a new page. All of the previous material, going back to 2007 and ending in 2019 can be found here.